What am I: Former Lisbon-area residents Fernanda Rodrigues and Jorge Cardoso sought the perfect site to create an organic utopia and found it in the rolling hills of the Serra D’Ossa outside of the extraordinary medieval hilltop fortress of Monsaraz.
There, on a beautiful and ancient old farm, they recuperated an old vineyard and set it on a direct course for organic certification. Planting the traditional grapes of the Alentejo, they set about to create a vineyard that can exist in harmony with the surrounding mountains and Mediterranean forest. Their home on the property is built upon foundations that are hundreds of years old, and the cellar is built entirely from stones found on the property.
Outeiros Altos was the first herdade, or estate, in the Alentejo to be fully certified as organic. The wines produced here are also certified organic. This wine is their red sem sulfitos - without sulfites - and is a traditional red blend of multiple varietals. It is partially aged in French oak for 6-months and bottled without fining or filtering. The wine is also certified vegan.
This is a big red Alentejo wine with big flavors to match. Outeiros Altos Tinto Sem Sulfitos is plummy, but not jammy, fruity, but with balancing tannins and acidity. It is a great wine for grilled meats, hearty stews, winter nights by the fire, and for anyone who appreciates old-world reds packed with power and flavor. In this case, this wine has the added benefit of being completely natural and free of added sulfur.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Alentejo
Grape Varieties: Aragonez, Alfrocheiro, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Alaicante Bouschet
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%